What is the SLU Youth Institute?
The SLU Youth Institute is a life-changing experience hosted by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the World Food Prize Foundation where high school students engage with local leaders and experts to solve critical global challenges, participate in hands-on activities, and explore exciting ways to make a difference in Sweden, across Europe, and around the world.
Students research issues they care about and propose their ideas to solve these grand challenges.
Students who participate in the SLU Youth Institute earn recognition as a Borlaug Scholar, and qualify for further opportunities.
At this exciting event, participating high school students have the opportunity to:
Present research and recommendations on ways to solve key global challenges in a short speech and small group discussions with experts;
Connect with other student leaders to share ideas, identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships;
Explore the issues, current research, and opportunities to make a difference at SLU; and
Interact with global leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security around the world.
Papers will be evaluated by The World Food Prize Board of Reviewers. This distinguished group of educators and experts was established to mentor and personally encourage students. Reviewers write thoughtful, personalized feedback to each student who participates in the Youth Institute.
How to participate
To participate in the SLU Youth Institute, students research a global issue and write a paper (using the downloadable Global Challenge Paper Instructions on this page).
Registration and paper submission due online by 22nd March, 2024
There is no registration cost to participate in the Institute.
For more information please contact the coordinators at:
Anna-Klara Lindeborg at +46-(0)18-671230
Kristina Karlsson Green at +46-(0)40-415302
Elisabeth Nyström at +46-(0)90-7868238
Further opportunities for participants:
The Global Youth Institute
The top students from each youth institute will be competitively selected as delegates to the Global Youth Institute, held every October in the United States of America.
The Global Youth Institute is an exciting three-day program where young leaders interact with Nobel and World Food Prize Laureates and the more than 1,000 global leaders from 65 countries attending the World Food Prize's annual international symposium.